When we install windows 10 on the laptop and run it, it asks us for a new user name and password. That user name and password are then used to login to the windows 10 account later. It is called the main account but it is not the administrator.
For being administrator the user account should be administrator type, you can check the account type in the control panel. If a computer has multiple accounts then the only administrator has the authority to security settings, install software and hardware, access all files on the computer, and make changes to other present user accounts.
In Windows 10 the main account is already disabled so to operate as an administrator you need to activate it. There are a few very simple methods you can use to that.
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Login to Administrator Account by Using Command Prompt
The quick and fast way to log in as an administrator is the command prompt. Though people who have never used it before might be a little hesitant to use it. But it is quite simple actually.
- Open your PC and on the home screen go to the start menu, generally on the left bottom corner. Type cmd in the Cortana search bar and you will find the command prompt. Or on the keyboard use shortcut windows icon + S to pull up the search bar and type cmd in it.
- Right-click on the command prompt. A menu will open up, choose Run as administrator from the options. This option will generally be the top option.
- Then Windows will ask if you are sure about the choice you have made, click on the Yes.
- The usual black command prompt window will open up. Whoever is doing it for the first time be assured it is okay and normal. Now, you will need to type in a command prompt: “net user administrator /active: yes”. Type the command given in the inverted commas without commas and then enter. Now the window will display the message, The command is completed successfully. The administrator is open but it will not be password protected anymore.
- You can check if you are successfully signed in by clicking on the search bar or in the control panel under user accounts.
How to disable an administrator account in Windows 10 by using the command prompt?
- Open the command prompt window the same way, then type in the same command, just replace yes with no: “net user administrator /active: no”.
- The same message will be displayed, “The command completed successfully”.
- Now your administrator is not password protected anymore neither will it show on the welcome screen.
Login to Administrator Account by Using Admin Tools on Windows 10
- We need to open Windows Run Dialogue Box for this. Use keyboard shortcuts Windows icon + R.
- The Run Dialogue box will be opened now. Type “lusrmgr.msc” in the box without commas. Then press the OK button on the bottom of the current window.
- A new pop-up window will appear on the screen. Go to that and the select folder named Users. In the Users folder select Administrator from the list menu.
- When you click on the Administrator, a new pop-up window will open up, this will contain a check box also.
- Click on the check box, check or uncheck as per your need. If You want The Administrator disabled check “Account is Disabled” if you want the Administrator to run then uncheck “Account is Disabled”.
- After selecting your options click on the OK button at the bottom of the pop-up window. Now your administrator account will be logged in. Check it the same way in the start menu or control panel.
Login Windows 10 as Administrator by Using Group Policy.
- In this method also we will need to open Windows Run Dialogue Box. On the keyboard click the windows icon + R. The Run box will open up.
- In the Dialogue Box type in “gpedit.msc”, without inverted commas.
- A new window will open up, select Local Computer Policy from the menu. Further, go into the windows setting from the new list under Local Computer Policy.
- Out of the options available in the widows setting go to Security settings.
- Under the Security Settings, select the option Local Policies.
- From the Local Policies menu, select Security Options.
- After clicking on the Security Options several items will show up in a list. Go to the “Accounts: Administrator Account Status”, click on the item. A new Dialogue Box will appear with options disable or enable. Check the boxes according to your need. If you want the Account to enable then click on enable otherwise Disable and then press the OK button on the bottom of the window.
Since the administrator account has more authority than the other users make sure that you want your administrator account unprotected. Also if you want some security or system changes then certainly will need to run the Windows 10 administrator. If you are sure then go through the article and carefully study How to log in as an Administrator in Windows 10.